Regional conference: contracts signed for ensuring food security hinh anh 1Farmers reap rice by using a combine harvester (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- As many as 49 contracts were signed at the regional conference on food security in Hanoi on March 22-23, said Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands Marjolijn Sonnema.

According to the Dutch official, the Netherlands had three major contracts, including its commitment to an investment package worth 150,000 EUR for seafood index building and governance, thereby supporting big seafood firms in Asia, towards the sustainability in aquaculture. 

The Netherlands will also help Vietnam implement a project to reduce post-harvest loss, the country and Vietnam will sign a protocol on enhancing cooperation on food security, she said. 

According to Vietnamese Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong, the two-day conference focused on measures to promote cooperation among countries to overcome challenges, towards building a sustainable and smart agriculture, contributing to ensuring food security and safety amidst climate change.

Addressing a press conference in Hanoi on March 23, Sonnema affirmed her country, with its experience, expertise, technology and capacity, can help Vietnam build a sustainable agriculture.

She also highlighted great potential for the two countries to enhance cooperate in agricultural development as both sides are exporters of agricultural products, and both are facing with challenges caused by climate change, especially in water management for agricultural production. 

Sonnema was on a visit to Vietnam from March 20-23, during which many events were arranged to boost  partnership between Vietnamese and Dutch enterprises, laying a foundation for strengthening economic and trade links between the two countries in the future.-VNA